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Comment: Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (Score 4, Informative) 418

by Lothsahn (#47908577) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor
So if you rent a car, and then it breaks down, and you call for repair, and they:
1) Arrive within 3 days to give you a new one
2) Charge you 20-30 dollars for a "car tech visit"
3) Break it on the way out the door (yes, it happened to me)

This is OK? ...because, they had to incur employee, vehicle, and gas costs to replace the device they rented you which was faulty?

(Ignoring the statement in the parent where he suggested breaking the cablemodem--that's a different issue entirely).

Full Disclosure: In my case, I was able to get the fee removed each time by calling in, because it's not my fault that their tech refused to follow clear instructions (both written on his form and from my wife), and it's not my fault that the modem was faulty.

Comment: Re:Consdiring their past... (Score 1) 248

by Lothsahn (#47785195) Attached to: US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process
It sounds like you're referring to Dr. Ibrahim.

Also, Alstrup did not rule that she had to be removed from the list. The ruling only meant that they had to inform her whether she was still on the list and correct the clerical error from all databases which originally put her on the list. Nothing stops the government from putting her back on the list for other reasons. It also provided her with the ability to apply for a waiver for her visa denial.

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Comment: Re:put it in bridge mode (Score 1) 224

by Lothsahn (#47636113) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router
In all fairness, asking the tier1 techs to put a router into bridge mode used to be about as fun as burning yourself alive.

But they've updated their training scripts and lately I've had 100% success with tier1 techs enabling bridge mode. They've always done it quickly and known exactly what I wanted.

Just don't try it if you have the DPC3939 listed in this article! See:

Comment: Re:As someone who had the DPC3939 (Score 1) 224

by Lothsahn (#47636097) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router
Agreed. That's what I was trying to do. But they don't let you use plain cable modems anymore (at least with my plan). So the trick is to call them and ask them to put it in "bridge mode", which basically turns it into a dumb modem.

Then you can use your own router.

Unless you have a DPC3939, which will cause it to reboot every 3-8 minutes.

Comment: Re:As someone who had the DPC3939 (Score 1) 224

by Lothsahn (#47636081) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router
I can't do that. The plan that I have is to compete with Google Fiber (which will be in my town soon), so they don't allow you to bring your own modem, and they don't allow you to use any modem except the DPC3939. That's why I had to talk to so many reps to get an alternate modem in. They lock the discounted price to that specific hardware, for reasons that are utter insanity.

To use a different modem, I'd have to cancel my bundle, which would raise my monthly bill from $120-240 for the same package.

Comment: LOVE 'em with Toastman (Score 1) 427

by Lothsahn (#47636069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
Try a RT-N66U. It'll be just as rock solid and stable, but has dual band and N support. I have 6 (6mth-2years uptime) and have had no issues on Toastman, unless I turn ipv6 on. They're more expensive, but they have far better range, performance, and fewer wireless drops. I have one in bridge mode and have nearly zero packet loss over the wireless.

I'm still waiting for the arm-based ones to get mature (66U/68U).

Comment: Avoid the Asus RT-N66U .. overpriced (Score 1) 427

by Lothsahn (#47636061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
If you configure the RT-N66U with a bridge, you might consider setting the bridge router to 5GHZ mode, not 2.4. I've been able to get 50+ Mbps in bridge mode with 5GHZ with Toastman Tomato.

Also make sure WMM is turned on, otherwise you'll be running Wireless G, not N. Turn the wireless interference mitigation off, set a short preamble, and frame burst enabled.

Comment: Re:Buffalo (Score 2) 427

by Lothsahn (#47636055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
It's not really fair to say it's no longer maintained. The official branch is dead, but there are 3 active developers. The developers just have no desire to try to merge to a common codebase, but they all heavily share code from each other.

There are 3 heavily maintained branches: Toastman Shibby RAF

Any of these three are heavily maintained, and all 3 were recently patched for heartbleed. So yes, they're still active.

I run a number of RT-N66U's with Toastman and I've found it to be far more stable than my WRT54GL's (RT-N66U has never crashed once configured, while I have a crash about ~6 months with the WRT54GL). It's also way faster, obviously. It also has better wireless range, performance, and less dropouts. For a much lower price, I've heard the RT-N16's are great too.

WRT54G(L) nostalgia is just that. The newer routers are far better. My remaining WRT54GL's are now sitting in a box.

Comment: As someone who had the DPC3939 (Score 4, Insightful) 224

by Lothsahn (#47626491) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router
The device has stability problems as well, as mentioned in the post. In normal (routed) mode, it worked fairly well, although I noticed odd lag spikes and other issues I didn't experience with the old modem. However, once you place the router into bridge mode (disabling all wifi features so I can use my modem direct), the router would reboot itself every 3-8 minutes.

I eventually, after talking to 20+ Comcast reps, got them to put a different modem back in. Even though my plan is 250d/30u, I'm only getting 30d/5u, because the modem won't provision with my plan. However, it works, so I'd rather have that than a laggy, rebooting faster plan.

I strongly recommend avoiding the DPC3939 until the problems are resolved. It lalso ooks to me like all of the problems are software related, not hardware--usually they can be avoided by changing configuration options, etc.

Comment: Re:Millionare panhandlers (Score 4, Interesting) 200

by Lothsahn (#47538403) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs
While you can rile on religion, there are numerous statistics that show that religion and spiritual beliefs help with drug addiction and alcoholism[1] [2]--main items preventing the chronic homeless from reintegrating with society. This is why the religious shelters push religion so hard. The goal in these shelters isn't just to provide a bed, but to get the person to overcome the conditions in themselves that prevent them from leaving homeless life.

Nearly all chronic homeless have dreams of a better life, but almost none of them have goals to achieve their dreams, and are stuck in the homeless life. Is trying to give homeless people the tools they need to achieve their dreams "evil"?

The real tragedies in shelters is the rate of rape and violence, which is especially true in (underfunded) public teen shelters. These shelters house hundreds of mentally ill or drug addicted people, who frequently rape others. Most of the homeless people I've run into (who live in a hard life--hearing gunshots nightly) refuse to go anywhere near the public shelters because of fear of their safety. That's how bad they are--that's where the real evil is.

[1] It was concluded that among this sample of Scottish post-secondary students, having a strong religious commitment was associated with less substance use and that heavy drinking and using tobacco was correlated with illicit drug use.
[2] The one-third of prison inmates who participate in religious activities exhibit lower rates of recidivismand recidivism is due almost entirely to drug and alcohol abuse.

Teens who do not consider religious beliefs important are almost three times more likely to drink, binge-drink and smoke, almost four times likelier to use marijuana and seven times likelier to use illicit drugs than teens who believe that religion is important.

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